Beer #158 - Blue Fridge / Sweet As

Beer #157 - W/C 5 March 2018

BREWERY // In the 80s a blue fridge stood on State Highway 25 and served as a post box for Awamarire Farm, earning the valley the nickname Blue Fridge Valley. The residents were strongly opposed to Coromandel mining, and the fridge was relentlessly attacked by pro-mining groups; it was pushed over, shot at and finally blown up. Blue Fridge Brewery pays homage to the spirit of that embattled fridge, keeping in mind the future of our environment in everything they do. The brewery was launched by Adam Coleman-Smith in a shed in the Coromandel bush in 2015 after returning from a 4 year adventure travelling the world. Although trained as a graphic designer, Adam realised his true passion was beer and we're glad he did. Blue Fridge beers are rarely seen outside Coromandel so grab a can whenever you see one.

BEER // Wheat beers are designed to be full flavoured and refreshing and Sweet As certainly fits the bill. At its best this style is a showcase for the amazing, and oft overlooked, flavours created by different strains of yeast. In many traditional wheat beers, the yeast imparts a distinct flavour of banana or cloves. The Blue Fridge take has more hop profile than is traditional but the addition is relatively light, imparting flavour and aroma rather than bitterness. The use of 50% wheat in the grain bill makes for a soft, sweet and well rounded beer. For best results, drink on the beach. 

Blue Fridge
BEER // Sweet As
STYLE // Hefeweizen 
ORIGIN // Kuaotuna. Coromandel
HOPS // Waimea. Liberty
ABV // 5%
TEMPERATURE // Cool - 9-12C
FOOD MATCH // Smoked Cheddar. Hot and Spicy Spare Ribs. Tomato & Melon Salad.
GLASS // Weissbier Glass